Here are five things to put on your Cardinal & Gold radar this week.
1) It’s Homecoming week, and it’s probably not event necessary to point out that it’s going to be a hectic week at the ISU Alumni Center. Hectic in a good way, of course. You’ve probably seen all the promotions, but we’re not above reminding you a few more times about some of the events planned for this weekend, including:
- Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: ISU Alumni Center open house — coffee, tours, and pick up a special button if you’re sharing your 60th birthday with Cy this year.
- Friday, 10:30 a.m.: Walking tour of art on campus, departs from the Fountain of the Four Seasons
- Friday, 1:30 p.m.: Annual Honors & Awards ceremony and dessert reception in the Scheman Building
- Friday, 5-9 p.m.: Homecoming Pep Rally at the ISU Alumni Center, featuring pizza, Cy’s birthday cupcakes, games, giveaways, and live music from 5-7 p.m. The pep rally program will start at 7 p.m. outside on the big stage, featuring coaches, student-athletes, the band, spirit squad, and the Yell-Like-Hell finals.
- Friday, 8-10 p.m.: ExCYtement in the Streets
- Saturday, 9-11 a.m.: College open houses at Curtiss, Gerdin, Design, Howe, LeBaron, MacKay, and Palmer
- Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.: Cyclone Central tailgate at the ISU Alumni Center (register by noon Wednesday if you want to purchase a Hickory Park meal).
- Saturday, 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.: Campus bus tours, departing from the Memorial Union south entrance
- Sunday, 9 a.m.: Breakfast and a tour at Green Hills Retirement Community (register online) or breakfast and admission at Reiman Gardens (register online).
There’s even more stuff going on than that, so be sure to check out our Homecoming website for the skinny on everything. And if you’re not pumped for Homecoming yet, this video produced by the Student Alumni Leadership Council’s Homecoming Central Committee should help.
2) Even though the VISIONS Across America magazine and portrait exhibition are over, there’s still news on the VISIONS Across America blog — the upcoming tour, which will visit five cities across the U.S., and Jim Heemstra’s receipt of the Impact Award this Friday during Homecoming. (Congrats, Jim!)
3) Last week an article from the College of Human Sciences introduced us to a fascinating new faculty member — Sara Jablon, who packed up her life as a 10-year-veteran Broadway costume designer in New York City and moved to Ames to pursue a Ph.D. She is currently a guest designer for ISU Theatre’s production of “Spring Awakening,” which opened Friday and is the first of six productions celebrating the 100th anniversary of ISU Theatre. (The department is also busy planning a gala celebration on Nov. 15 that will showcase performances by students, alumni, faculty and staff, so save the date!)
4) The Sierra Club is gearing up to present its first-ever Robert Bullard Environmental Justice Award Nov. 21. The award is named in honor of Iowa State alumnus Robert Bullard (PhD ’76 sociology), dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University and the founder of the modern environmental justice movement. Bullard has written 18 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, emergency response, smart growth, and regional equity. His book Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality is a standard text in the environmental justice field. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century, and in 2013 he received the Sierra Club’s highest honor: the John Muir Award. Now he has a Sierra Club award of his own — Congrats, Dr. Bullard!
5) Tickets go on sale Friday for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council’s second annual ISU Bacon Expo, which will be held Nov. 8 from 1-5 p.m. at the Hansen Student Learning Center. After a successful debut last year, the ISU Bacon Expo remains the only student-run bacon event in the country. Get all your ISU bacon-related information on Twitter by following @ISUBaconExpo.